Nice work Cracker! Digg the lighting!
Like your doing, I try to place the leds as far away as possible. Diffused surfaces act like a rear projection movie screen & emphasize the light cone. Lately I've been using straw hat leds for close lighting. They have a 120 degree cone instead of the typical 10-20 degree cone. Bigger cone = Closer to part.
Tin foil is an excellent light blocker, but an uneven light diffuser. If you can spray the foil with reflective white titanium dioxide paint or even flat white paint, it will disperse the light very evenly. There's also a product called Foylon that is the most evenly reflective/blocking coating I've seen. It's not cheep though.
TiO2 reflective paint 90-95%
Flat white paint 85-93%
Semi-gloss white 75-80%
Aluminum Foil 70-75%
Redirk, great idea on the expanding foam. Danikin - just knowing I've inspired someone means my efforts have paid off, thanks. Yes you have to get the kit. For a 1/144 it's packed with detail. Those guns are pin-size, it's awesome .
I've been staring at the hull for days on end wondering what the best way is to approach laser blast damage. Oh, and eating (especially a burger) while you work on your Falcon is not advisable. Besides the dirty hands, you might grab the wrong one.
On my 1/72nd I dremeld them out. I then thought it was too rough though so I had to fill and sand the holes smoother, which was not cool. I read that someone took a soldering iron to theirs. I am sure it would work but temp is key to keep it from turning from bend to T-1000 bullet holes. I imagine very small tip for this scale as well.
Alaneye - now I know how plumbers feel. It's just that there's no escaping from
it when you build a Falcon. I used thin electric guitar strings for the parts below.
Those small crossbars reminded me of the tiny hair on the bathroom sink after you
shave. I don't know how I managed to attach them because even the tip of the
tweezers were too big for them. I tried what seemed like a hundred times
to brush them into place each time racing against the setting of the glue. After
the nth time I succeeded and will treat myself tomorrow with something for
that success. I think I've had enough - I'll really start painting this weekend.
Ozzy, try to get the glasses. Mine are the cheap children's 3D books kind.
They're red-and-cyan, different from cinema glasses. (I don't think the kid's books
come with anything else).
Thanks, Ozzy, anytime Heart surgeon? I don't know about that - Scratchy maybe but me - I'm a trying-hard modeler. I've practically given up on the big brother - my kid is starting to complain that all I think about is the Millennium Falcon, and man, when I was working on the Hasbro conversion I did nothing else but. At least this smaller one will get done relatively quicker.
Skinned some styrene over Apoxie Sculpt for these parts that I lost. Pressed them in place and sliced off the apoxie that squeezed through the sides.
Corrected the Finemolds mandible tab shape:
Cut up some guitar strings for the jawbox top detail that I removed.
Not very visible attached, is it? : ) This one's ready for painting (I keep saying that, don't I?)